Yes. After almost months of being on hiatus, I’m finally back to tell the story of my absence.
You see, 3 months ago I made a decision that I know will change the path that I’m trekking – particularly my travel-ful and adventurous lifestyle. You may have wondered why suddenly I’ve stopped travelling. No more blog stories, Facebook travel posts, status updates, etc.
I’ll admit, I missed it all. But I’ll also have to be honest, that I haven’t regretted anything – and I’m happier to come back fitter and stronger.
Three months ago, I started becoming conscious of the change that I’m witnessing in my body. Obviously all this traveling, eating and unhealthy food choices are already taking their toll on me – making my clothes tighter, my belly bigger, and my Facebook photos uglier to look at.
Just take a look at some of my previous photos taken earlier this year –
Even my PRC license renewed this April 2014 is something that makes me think this isn’t me.
I’m getting FATTER and FATTER. It’s a reality that I have to face. And I have to say, I don’t like it. Who does right?
So I’ve decided to embark on a new journey, a journey to becoming Fit.
Planet Infinity’s MetamorpheFit Challenge
I made up my mind to enrol in a fitness gym. Luckily I was able to pass by a nearby gym to where I’m staying in Damosa, Davao City – the Planet Infinity Davao Fitness Gym, and they have this transformation challenge that will award a challenger who will lose the most number of fats based on their inbody assessment, that will run for three months.
Pretty much like the Biggest Losers reality TV show that you know.
Instantly I’ve become interested and I decided to join. For one, I love being challenged, and this is something that I think I needed that time. Not only will I lose weight (which is really my goal), but added bonus to that are the perks waiting for you if you’ll win. Definitely something to motivate anyone!
Let the metamorphe.FIT challenge begin…
And so the program started May 3, 2014. A total of 47 athletes joined. Sessions are held during Mondays (8pm), Wednesdays (8pm), and Saturdays (8am).
metamorphe.FIT is Planet Infinity Davao’s FITNESS TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGE that can help EVERYONE transform and perform their best using effective, proper, progressive, safe, and proven methods, pretty much like the workout called ‘CrossFit’, which is gaining popularity in today’s fitness society.
What is metamorphe.FIT?
Primarily, metamorphe.FIT optimizes fitness thru constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity. It is a program developed to offer a full-body workout that combines elements of cardio, weight lifting, gymnastics, core training and more to prepare the body for the unexpected.
The program is comprised of the following phases:
- Phase 1 (PREP) – 1st 2 weeks emphasis on proper form, proper mobility and stability, simple body weight and low intensity exercises
- Phase 2 (Intermediate) – 3-6 weeks moderate intensity, more complex movements/workout, emphasis on stamina and speed
- Phase 3 (Advanced) – 7-12 weeks more equipments, increase load, high intensity, emphasis on strength and power.
The workouts (called WOD ‘Workout Of the Day’) are composed of high-intensity activities so this means one will likely never do the same routine twice in one week and each workout will usually last between 45 minutes to an hour.
For example, a typical metamorphe.FIT workout may look like this:
20 Min AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible)
2 Deadlifts 185lb
*AMRAP means that you will do your best to complete as many rounds of this sequence as possible in the time allotted; in this case 20 minutes.
Here’s a sample of one of my favorite workouts –
What makes metamorphe.FIT a different kind of workout?
You see metamorphe.FIT isn’t just about working out or your typical ‘going to they gym exercises’. I admit I used to go to the gym before but after months of doing the same program over and over again, need to say doing it ‘alone’, can make it so routinary that you’ll end up getting tired and eventually will lead you to quit.
But metamorphe.FIT is different. It’s like you are working out with company, people who’ll eventually become your friends and who’ll support you meet your fitness goals.
There is a community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together. In fact, the communal aspect of it is a key component of why it’s so effective – and FUN!
metamorphe.FIT is not just for the young…
As you see, this workout is for all ages. You’ll be amazed and inspired to see different people across all walks of life, of different ages getting together and working hard to grow, to change, to evolve, to be better than they were before.
Take the case of Ms. Mimi Castillo, one fellow athlete that I admired the most. At 54 years old she was still able to maintain a body as fit as this and do all the prescribed WODs just like any 25+ years person.
Then there’s couple Sir Edwin Bedia Gelaver & wife Karina.
metamorphe.FIT Games: the Battle for the Fittest Man and Fittest Woman
Then at the end of the program, after 3 months of training, on August 9, 2014 – MetamorpheFit Season 2 will end with the most awaited metamorphe.FIT Games. Pretty much similar to the recently concluded Reebok CrossFit Games 2014.
The games started at 6pm and unexpectedly lasted until 12midnight – 6 hours of gruelling exercises, endurance, fatigue, hunger, muscle pain, exhaustion. They say this is the best time to know how fit you truly are, to determine who in the end will never give up.
Here are some photos during the games.
In the end, it’s only a battle between you and yourself. I am glad I was able to surpass, endure, and overcome it all.
Being the 2014 Fittest Woman in the ‘Planet‘ (pretty immense than the Fittest Woman on Earth eh?, haha! just kidding, I mean ‘Planet’ Infinity), I was really thankful for everyone who supported me all throughout my training, the coaches, fellow MFITters, and to God for giving me the strength and keeping all of us safe during the games.
Now I’m humbled to say that I have met my goal, losing 28lbs of fat in a span of 3 months – from being Unfit to Fit – with extra privileges. The prizes are just bonuses, being fit and getting back in shape is the most coveted reward you could ever give yourself, and I am glad I just did.
‘Luck is not found, but made by those who are determined enough.’
Looking back, 3 months ago I’m more than thankful for the day that I made the decision to try and join this challenge. As they say, ‘Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.‘
Thank you Planet Infinity Davao!
If you’d like you could sign up for their metamorphe.FIT Program Season 3 (which is still in September I think) or their ongoing Velocity Program.
For inquiries, you may contact them at 233-0770 or 0922-836-1884 or visit facebook.com/planetinfinitydavao.
Diet Tips, Diet Plans & some more Freebies!
Additionally, as a way of giving back, I’m giving away free ebooks:
1.) 28 Day Diet Plan Loose Up To 37 Pounds In 28 Days –
If you’re someone like me who had a huge appetite & have lots of cravings, this diet plan will help you jumpstart your diet. I’ve used this just to taper my appetite (but not completely adhered to it, I had to be honest, who doesn’t love cheat days?!)
2.) Jump Start 7-day Program by Brendan McCarthy: Juice Diet Recipe ebook
This 7 day juice diet program is a superb detoxifier as it releases many toxins out of your body. You could also use this for everyday juice recipe.
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Cheers to health everyone!
That’s awesome! Congratulations Roj!
Thank you mustachio!
Well done Roj! I definitely saw your progress from the start of the program!!!!
Great Job! Enjoy it! Embrace it!
Thanks a lot Judy! 🙂
congrats roj! consistent jod ka kahit sa regular workouts nato. wa ko nagkamali sa inyo ni jong. i like your blog coz its motivational lalo na sa mga chubs pareho nako. hehehe…
aww.. touch naman ako.. salamat Geo! Keep on working out! Just set your mind to it, kaya yan! 🙂
Hi Roj, I’ve been checking your blog for the past months and have been wondering what happened to you! I’m pleasantly surprised to see this post, to be honest! 🙂 Just WOW!! Congratulations! I can only imagine how hard it is to lose weight and keep it off! (I’m a yo-yo dieter, btw).
Keep up the great work and more travels! ~
Hi Tria! Thanks for dropping by! Sure it’s hard and like you I’ve been a yo-yo dieter once too.. hopefully I won’t go back there *crossed fingers.
Anyhow, in the coming months I’ll be back on the road again. Cheers!